The South Carolina State quarter was the eighth quarter released in the State Quarters Program. The quarter was released on May 22, 2000, and South Carolina’s original date of Statehood was May 23, 1788.
The reverse side of the quarter was designed by Thomas D. Rodgers. In the center of the image is inscribed the state’s nickname, “The Palmetto State”. A Palmetto tree, which is also the state tree, sits to the lower right of the inscription.
The Palmetto tree has significance for the state of South Carolina. During the Colonial War, Palmetto logs were used to build a small fort. When the British attacked Charleston Harbor, the colonists were able to hold them off.
To the left of the Palmetto tree is located the State Bird, the Carolina Wren. Also included on the image is the State Flower, the Yellow Jessamine. A silhouette of the state of South Carolina can be seen with a star signifying the state capital of Columbia.
As with other quarters in the program, the South Carolina State quarter contains the state name and date of statehood at the top, while the inscription “E Pluribus Unum”, and date of release are placed at the bottom of the image.
Coin Specifications of the South Carolina State quarter:
- Mintage: 742,576,000 Philadelphia, 566,208,000 Denver, 4,020,172 (San Francisco Clad Proof), 965,421 (San Francisco Silver Proof)
- Coin Composition: 91.67% copper, 8.33% nickel (clad), 90% silver, 10% copper (silver proof)
- Diameter: 24.26 mm
- Weight: 5.67 grams
- Thickness: 1.75 mm
- Edge: Reeded